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Title: Safeguarding Public Health Concerns, Livelihoods and Productivity in Wastewater Irrigated Urban and Periurban Vegetable Farming
Authors: Klutse, Armah
Agyekum, William
Konradsen, Flemming
Kranjac- Berisavljevic, Gordana
Bakang, John
Drechsel, Pay
Amoah, Philip
Keraita, Bernard
Abaidoo, R. C.
Issue Date: 2-Nov-2009
Publisher: CGIAR challenge program on water and food
Citation: CGIAR challenge program on water and food November 02, 2009
Abstract: There is an increasing demand for food in many cities in developing countries due to rising urban populations. While foods like cereals can be transported from rural areas, perishable crops like vegetables lose their market value during transportation as refrigeration is scarce. Most vegetables are therefore grown in and around cities to maintain their freshness and nutrition value. For instance in Accra, Ghana, about 1000 farmers are involved in market-oriented urban vegetable farming and the vegetables produced are eaten by 200, 000 Accra residents daily. However, the quality of irrigation water used is poor due to contamination from untreated wastewater resulting from poor urban sanitation. This practice though beneficial in its contributions to urban food security and livelihoods, it raises also public health concerns due to the risks posed from untreated wastewater to farmers and vegetable consumers. In response, a number of research institutions in 2005 led by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) started a project entitled, “Safeguarding Public Health Concerns, Livelihoods and Productivity in Wastewater Irrigated Urban and Peri-urban Vegetable Farming”. The project was funded by the CGIAR – CPWF (PN 38). The main goal was to develop integrated and user-oriented strategies to safeguard public health concerns without compromising livelihoods and land and water productivity in wastewater irrigated urban and peri-urban vegetable farming. It was completed by a Danida funded CPWF Project (PN 51).
Description: This Article was published CGIAR challenge program on water and food November 02, 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/9589
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